Many programs teach students how to write different text types, like narratives, recounts and procedures. But all texts – regardless of their length and difficulty level – are composed of sentences. In our experience, many students (even in high school) lack the ability to link their ideas together and to express sophisticated thoughts and feelings in complex sentences.
Inspired by The Writing Revolution (Hochman & Wexler, 2017), this no-prep workbook is recommended for practice between Volume 1 (complex sentences) and Volume 2 (paragraphs) of our Think then Write Program. It’s composed of 180 complex sentences to complete from sentence fragments.
We’ve chosen to focus on the words ‘if’, ‘while’ and ‘although’, because for speaking, understanding, reading and writing, it’s useful to know that:
- “if” is used to describe things that might (or might not) happen as a consequence of an action or event;
- “while” tells us when two (or more) things are happening at the same time; and
- “although” indicates a contrast, or a u-turn, as with “but”.
These words are very useful in essays because they help you to link your ideas and to express yourself more fluently. To understand the differences in more detail, we practice completing identical sentence fragments using “if”, “while” and “although”.
Available in PDF and Google Slides.
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If you haven’t done so already, please check out other volumes in the Think, Then Write Program:
- Think, Then Write Foundations Bundle: writing simple and compound sentences
- Think, Then Write Volume 1: writing compound and complex sentences that require verbal reasoning
- Think, Then Write Volume 2: writing paragraphs
- Think, Then Write Volume 3: a no-prep workbook to learn transitions and writing short reports.
- Think, Then Write Volume 4: writing narratives
- Think, The Write Volume 5: compare and contrast objects, to see things from more than one perspective, to brainstorm pros and cons on issues, and to make arguments for and against different topics
- Think, Then Write Volume 6: tackling short answer questions
In early 2022, we will publish Think, Then Write Volume 7: Planning Essays and Assignments.